2018-11-22 06:02
The City’ water saving taps which were installed in TR Section in Khayelitsha          PHOTO: unathi obose

The City’ water saving taps which were installed in TR Section in Khayelitsha PHOTO: unathi obose

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The City of Cape Town is looking to roll-out its “successful” Ecogator standpipes in the remaining parts of TR section, in Khayelitsha, as part of its ongoing plans to save water.

The pilot project was rolled out in the section as a water saving scheme, after new taps were installed, but the project failed to be completed.

Cape Town has been hard hit by water shortages, which have led to water restriction measures being put in place by the City.

However, local residents say the city’s water saving initiative in their area was not finished.

A woman who wanted to be known as Phumza said she knew about the scarcity of water in Cape Town.

Ï think the city installed these taps in our area as their way of saving water,” she said.

She said that despite it being a good idea, they were never informed and the project was not even finished.

She said they just stopped installing the taps and no one said anything to them.

Another resident Mlungisi Mjo said the taps are not helping them because water drips out slowly and sometimes it does not come out at all.

Ward 90 councillor Lulekwa Jali said it was a pilot project trying to save water.

Jali said the project just stopped before it could be finished.

She said the people that were installing the taps said they stopped because they were getting robbed and that it was because no one from the area was employed during the project.

She added that residents from the area also complain that they are being restricted because sometimes the water does not come out of the taps.

The City spokesperson Luthando Tyhalibhongo said the standpipes were a pilot project that is part of the City’s efforts to both improve services in informal settlements and to prevent water wastage.

He said they are resistant to vandalism and have built in metres to track water consumption in informal areas.

Tyhalibhongo said to date 89 Ecogator standpipes have been installed in Khayelitsha and they are planning 18 others in TR Section with each costing R8 800 to install.


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